How to Shingle a Roof Peak


After countless hours of laying shingle after shingle, you have reached the peak of the roof on both sides. All you have to do is put the finishing touches on the job by shingling the pinnacle of the roof. Although the surface of the peak of the roof is different from the rest of the roof, shingling the peak is equally simple to accomplish if you make a couple of adjustments in your approach.

Things You'll Need

  • Utility knife
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Cut several shingles length-wise into thirds. Each third should have a tab. In order to cut the shingles, turn them over and use a utility knife to cut along the edge where you want to make the cut. Move the piece of the shingle back and forth until it separates cleanly.

  • Place the shingle with the tab facing outward at the edge of the ridge of the roof peak. Bend the shingle to make it fit tightly on the peak.

  • Hammer two nails into the top edge of the shingle. Repeat this process to cover one side of the of the peak of the roof and then do the same on the other side of the peak of the roof.

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